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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What does Laius do to baby Oedipus after hearing the Oracle foretell Oedipus' future?
(a) He blinded the baby.
(b) He cursed the baby.
(c) He injured the baby's feet.
(d) He killed the baby.

2. What type of violation is used to describe women seeing their husbands, sons, and brothers killed?
(a) Physical.
(b) Biological.
(c) Spiritual.
(d) Emotional.

3. Where does Eteocles go to prepare for war?
(a) Argos.
(b) The caves.
(c) The meadow.
(d) Council Chambers.

4. What is the genre of Seven Against Thebes?
(a) Tragedy.
(b) Short-Story.
(c) Melodrama.
(d) Comedy.

5. Who kills Oedipus' adopted father in the Background section of the play?
(a) Jocasta.
(b) Eteocles.
(c) Laius.
(d) Polyneices.

Short Answer Questions

1. The particular legend of "Seven Against Thebes" resembles what other type of legends?

2. Human beings are metaphorically represented by ________.

3. What does Eteocles compare his position to?

4. To go against the will of the gods, or to make them angry, is to risk destruction. This is considered the _____ of the play.

5. _______ rescues Oedipus and raises him to adulthood.

Short Essay Questions

1. How is the city of Thebes most like a "mother" to her people?

2. Was the decision between Eteocles and Polyneices to share time as king of Thebes a fair and just agreement? Explain.

3. Describe the relationship between Eteocles and Polyneices.

4. Why does Eteocles make the Chorus change the way they pray? What was the Chorus praying about? What does Eteocles suggest the Chorus pray for?

5. Give an example of how religion is utilized in part 1 of the play.

6. What is the significance of Amphiaraos' shield?

7. Why does the Chorus give an ode at the end of part 3?

8. What is the role of the Scout? In your opinion is this character important to the play? Why or why not?

9. Why was it important that Oedipus solved the Riddle of the Sphinx?

10. What is the purpose of the Chorus of Women? What information does the Chorus reveal to the audience?

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